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The great Indian summer blockbuster has ended with a nail-biting climax.

In many ways, Sunday night's final of the Indian Premier League (IPL), cricket's most expensive and hyped carnival, mirrored vintage Bollywood fare.

An unfancied, cut-price team (Rajasthan), led by an ageing, semi-retired spin bowling wizard (Shane Warne), beat a pricey, aggressive rival (Chennai), led by one of the highest paid players in the game and Indian cricket's poster boy (MS Dhoni).

It was the triumph of the underdog over the rich and resourceful and it went down to the wire (a last-ball win).

And like in those films, some high-wire entertainment preceded and interspersed the serious business of cricket.

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